GREENWICH, Conn. The multistate Mega Millions Jackpot has hit $540 million - the biggest lotto jackpot in U.S. history. Like countless others across the country, Isabella Hernandez of Greenwich was out Thursday evening buying her tickets.
I was driving home from work, and I was listening to the radio and they said when it was $390 million. No one had been named the grand prize winner, but the runners up each won $250 million, she said with five tickets in her hand. I have only gambled two times in my whole life. But when I heard that I started fantasizing about what I would do with $500 million. And I thought, hey, why not? It could be me. So I decided to buy one.
The jackpot for Fridays drawing was originally estimated at $476 million, but a spike in nationwide sales pushed the jackpot higher. This is the largest lottery jackpot in world history, surpassing the previous record of $390 million, according to a statement on the Mega Millions website.
The Mega Millions has not had a winner since Jan. 24. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 176 million. The drawing will be held Friday at 11 p.m.
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